Celebrating Trustees’ Week – would you like to join us?

It’s Trustees’ Week, so we thought we’d take a moment to show you who ours are, tell you what they do and give them a big thank-you at the same time!

They play a vital role here at HOLG, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about our work.

Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

We currently have six, but would love to hear from people who are looking for a trustee role to bring their skills, contacts and help to steer HOLG through 2019 and beyond.

Our current trustees are:
Des McCarthy – chair
Margaret Gallagher – deputy chair
Ess Savage
Joan Morris
Alison Brookman
Kate Trevelyan

Our CEO Caroline Ford, said: “Our Trustees do such an amazing job here at HOLG and each brings something different in terms of skills and outlook. They are vital for us as a charity and Trustees’ Week is a fantastic time to say thank-you to them for all they do.
“We would welcome more to join us so if you do have an interest and would like to find out more, please do call me.”

We thought we’d focus on our newest and youngest Trustee, Kate Trevelyan, who joined us last year, having been supported by us after her mum died when she was younger.

Here’s her story:
Kate’s journey with Holding On Letting Go started when she was 14, when her mum suddenly died from cancer.
Struggling with school and home life, she was referred by a teacher for more support from HOLG..
But she wasn’t exactly looking forward to the bereavement weekend she’d been invited to join, saying: “I was nervous and apprehensive about the weekend and what it would involve. I felt like no-one would understand what I was going through and felt like talking wouldn’t help me.”

Throughout the weekend, Kate enjoyed various activities aimed at expressing her emotions including crafts, music and making a memory box – and she soon started to feel differently.
She said: “From the moment I arrived the activities made me realise everyone was here for the same reason, to remember their special person. I was able to open up about my story, share memories of my mum and make items to help with my feelings, which I treasure to this day. I saw the charity on Children in Need and it made me realise I wanted to help children just like they helped me.
“I felt like I could help children open up about their story if they knew I had been through something similar at a young age.”
And so Kate’s volunteering with us began, with initial training, plus ongoing support and training when required.

She has now been volunteering with us for seven years, working one-to-one with the children, helping them go through bereavement and supporting weekends and also helping with other jobs such as catering in the kitchen.

She’s also turned into an ambassador for us, giving talks and even appearing on the TV news to talk about us, her experience and what we offer for children just like the 14-year-old Kate we met all those years ago.

A year ago we asked Kate to join us as a Trustee, knowing she would bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to us to help us best shape our services for the future.

She said: “I felt very privileged to be given this opportunity when the charity is so close to my heart.  Whilst I am a Trustee I hope to help introduce new volunteers and support our user engagement with my experiences from the charity. I still continue to support on the weekends and help grow the charity as much as I can.”